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Contact: David Knight

Mark Pimentel, MD

A Revolutionary Look At The Way Irritable Bowel Syndrome Is Being Treated

If over 60 million people suffer from it in the United States alone, how can it be “all in your head”? That is the question Dr. Mark Pimentel has dedicated his life to answering. And with his new book, A New IBS Solution, he gives you the answer. It’s not!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most chronic medical condition in the United States and affects people of all ages. Until recently many people have had to suffer in silence or “learn to live with it” because there has been no known cure. It was even thought to be a psychological disorder. How can a disease that affects so many people be considered to be so taboo – by society and at times by the medical community? IBS, with symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating and altered bowel habits is more than just embarrassing and uncomfortable to discuss. It severely alters people’s lives. It creeps into everything they do. Imagine having this one thing invade and control every aspect of your life and even force you to give up activities you love….no large concerts, no small boats, no beaches without bathrooms, the list is endless. For many people the pain and uncertainty of bowel function can be disabling enough to prevent them from working, traveling and even socializing or having an intimate relationship.

Chances are if you’re not a sufferer yourself, you know someone who is. The time has come to tackle this disease and bring it into the mainstream. A New IBS Solution does just that.

A New IBS Solution offers people the relief they have been so desperately searching for. It takes the reader through the historical evolution of conventional medicine’s views on IBS in way that can be easily understood and provides real life examples. Dr. Pimentel provides readers with the missing link - bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine - and sets forth a treatment protocol adopted by such renowned institutions as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that will not only resolve IBS symptoms, but also prevent them from recurring. Dr. Pimentel gives the 60 million people who suffer from IBS a voice and the tools to take their lives back.

Dr. Mark Pimentel is available for interviews to share his information and remove the stigma associated with IBS.

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KCAL/Channel 9 News Interview - February 16, 2006

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Los Angeles Daily News - January 9, 2006

The doctor Is In: Physician offers step-by-step irritable-bowel cure

St. Louis Post Dispatch - July 29, 2005

Controversial Theory Links Bacterial Overgrowth to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Kay Quinn
Healthbeat Reporter

It causes everything from pneumonia and infections, to certain stomach ulcers. Now, bacteria could be to blame for triggering a common intestinal ailment.

This new theory has led to a new treatment for irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.
For years, doctors chalked up the alternating symptoms of constipation and diarrhea to stress. But a developing theory links bacteria that causes food poisoning, including salmonella, to IBS.

37 year old Jennifer Freese has been battling the pain and discomfort of IBS since she was 19. "Things you want to do you don't always do because you don't know when it will flare up."

On the advice of her doctor, Jennifer's breath is being tested every 15 minutes for the next two hours. The test can help determine whether she has an overgrowth of bacteria in her small intestine. Some doctors believe certain bacteria that cause food poisoning, like shigella and salmonella, also damage the nerves of the small intestine, setting the stage for that overgrowth and the discomfort of IBS.

"Many patients don't remember the inciting incident. Some patients say o.k. I came back with an infection it lasted for a couple of weeks and I developed IBS and never had it before," says Dr. Leonard Weinstock, a gastroenterologist with Specialists in Gastroenterology in Creve Coeur.

After a careful medical history and physical exam, patients are given a sugar drink that's not absorbed by the body. The breath of those with an overgrowth of bacteria will give off measurable levels of methane and hydrogen. Patients who test positive can then be treated with two drugs: one that increases contractions in the small intestine, and a ten day course of a new antibiotic called Xifaxan.

"We've had some dramatic responses and we've also had some people who've said thank goodness you can tell me something other than its not in my head," says Dr. Weinstock.

Kelly Kendrick was found to have an overgrowth of bacteria in her intestine. She's been treated and is already seeing a difference. "Now I can eat the foods I love, go out to dinner, not have to worry about the problems I had before. It's been a miracle for me."

The theory is still somewhat controversial. But Dr. Weinstock believes the test could help up to 70 percent of people with IBS.

For more on the link between bacterial infections and IBS, check out Monday's Health and Fitness section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.